KARLSRUHE, April 12 (Bundesliga) - Hansa Rostock grabbed three precious points in their battle for Bundesliga survival thanks to a battling win against Karlsruhe on Saturday.
Fin Bartels grabbed both the goals for a Rostock side who were without a win in seven games prior to kick-off, while Karlsruhe, who levelled through Sebastian Freis after 71 minutes, are now winless in six.
Karlsruhe sit ninth on 38 points, 13 clear of the relegation zone but now all but out of the race for a European berth, while Frank Pagelsdorf's Rostock climb two points clear of the relegation zone to sit fourth bottom.
The game failed to spark in the opening exchanges and 20 minutes passed before either goalkeeper was forced into meaningful action, Rostock custodian Stefan Wachter plucking Massimilian Porcello's looping goalbound header out of the air.
A game of few chances finally came to life on the half-hour when Rostock took the lead.
Defender Tim Sebastian played a probing long ball into the home penalty area which striker Enrico Kern did well to nod down to Bartels and the midfielder lashed the ball home.
Bartels almost scored his second goal of the game after 51 minutes but his drive from the edge of the area went wide of the left upright.
The busy 21-year-old was at it again just five minutes later, this time firing in an effort from 20 yards that Karlsruhe goalkeeper Markus Miller did well to repel.
On 62 minutes Wachter was alert to deny Freis' volleyed effort, but nine minutes later the Rostock goalkeeper was helpless to prevent the forward levelling.
Karlsruhe midfielder Godfried Adoube played in Joshua Kennedy who teed up the late-arriving Freis to slot home from eight yards.
The hosts almost went ahead six minutes later when Christian Eichner picked out Edmond Kaplanni but the striker blazed over the bar.
And the hosts were left to rue that miss with just five minutes remaining as Heath Pearce's precise pass allowed Bartels to cap a fine personal display by blasting home the winner beyond Miller.